Many people believed Vincius Junior would not develop into a great player when he was traded by Flamengo to Real Madrid in 2017. But because the Merengue Club never questioned this, it is understandable why they paid €45 million (about R$164 million) for his services.
The next year, when he turned 18, he finally travelled from the Spanish capital to the club, and it took him some time to go to his area. But Vini has emerged as a crucial player for Real Madrid and the Brazilian squad since last season.
Vini lives a great phase even with mean comments
Today, Vinicius Junior is without a doubt a key member of Real Madrid and the Brazil national team. It is not surprising that the player’s team’s goal in the most recent Champions League, a 1-0 victory against Liverpool, came off his foot since he has developed into a vital member of the squad.
Unfortunately, jealously and bigotry also emerged along with the celebrity. In Spain, Vini has lately experienced racism. Pedro Bravo, a contestant on the “El Chiringuito” TV programme in the nation where he works, said that the Brazilian “dances like a monkey” after scoring goals.
All of this occurred before the Madrid derby between Real and Atlético. The athlete, who also overheard biased chanting from certain “Atleti” supporters before the game, was publicly backed by Neymar, Pelé, and Thiago Silva, among other prominent figures in football.
O futebol é alegria. É uma dança. É uma verdadeira festa. Apesar de que o racismo ainda exista, não permitiremos que isso nos impeça de continuar sorrindo. E nós continuaremos combatendo o racismo desta forma: lutando pelo nosso direito de sermos felizes. #BailaViniJr pic.twitter.com/yCJxJEAn4a
— Pelé (@Pele) September 16, 2022
Vini had a great performance in the classic
On September 18, the Madrid Derby was held. The striker made a wonderful presentation and shown throughout the game that he was unaffected by the attacks. Brazil’s Rodrygo scored one of Real’s goals in their 2-1 victory against their opponents, and the two of them danced the iconic celebratory jig together as they did so.
Spanish TV explains itself
After the game, the journalists apologized to Vini and to all Brazilians who were upset by their remarks on the show “El Chiringuito” from the channel “Mega.”
“Described embarrass oneself is referred to as ‘playing monkey’ in Spain. It isn’t racial. However, Pedro Bravo was mistranslated in the translation. Hugs to all of you, and may Vini keep dancing, said Josep Pedrerol, the program’s host.
Real forward competes for the best in the world award
Vincius Junior doesn’t appear to be shaken by anything, and he could even be given the “Best Player in the World” title shortly by the French publication France Football, which each year gives the “Golden Ball” to the athlete who distinguished themselves the most throughout the season.
The 30 finalists for the prize were revealed in August, and on October 17, the day of the competition, the winner will receive the trophy in Paris, France. The other Brazilians vying for the title are the midfielders Casemiro from Manchester United and Fabinho from Liverpool.
See who the 30 finalists are for the France Football “Best in the World” award in the list below.
- Trent Alexander-Arnold, English winger for Liverpool;
- Karim Benzema, French forward for Real Madrid;
- João Cancelo, Portuguese winger for Manchester City;
- Casemiro, Brazilian midfielder for Manchester United;
- Thibaut Courtois, Belgian goalkeeper for Real Madrid;
- Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese forward for Manchester United;
- Kevin De Bruyne, Belgian midfielder for Manchester City;
- Luis Díaz, Colombian forward for Liverpool;
- Fabinho, Brazilian midfielder for Liverpool;
- Phil Foden, Manchester City’s English midfielder;
- Erling Haaland, Norwegian forward for Manchester City;
- Sébastien Haller, Ivorian forward for Borussia Dortmund;
- Harry Kane, English forward for Tottenham;
- Joshua Kimmich, German midfielder for Bayern Munich;
- Rafael Leão, AC Milan’s Portuguese striker;
- Robert Lewandowski, Polish forward for Barcelona;
- Riyad Mahrez, Algerian forward for Manchester City;
- Mike Maignan, Milan’s French goalkeeper;
- Sadio Mané, Senegalese forward for Bayern Munich;
- Kylian Mbappé, French forward for PSG;
- Luka Modric, Croatia midfielder for Real Madrid;
- Christopher Nkunku, French midfielder for RB Leipzig;
- Darwin Núñez, Uruguayan forward for Liverpool;
- Antonio Rüdiger, German defender for Real Madrid;
- Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s Egyptian forward;
- Bernardo Silva, Portuguese midfielder for Manchester City;
- Son Heung-min, South Korean forward for Tottenham;
- Virgil van Dijk, Dutch defender for Liverpool;
- Vinicius Júnior, Brazilian striker for Real Madrid;
- Dusan Vlahovic, Serbian forward for Juventus.